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Brad Paisley on Panel for ABC’s “Rising Star”

New singing competition also includes Kesha and Ludacris.

Oh, those reality competition shows—we love to hate ’em, or hate to love ’em! Now there’s a new singing competition that puts the final decision in the hands of the viewers. And, fortunately for us, country music is well-represented with Brad Paisley as one of the expert panelists.

ABC will launch Rising Star on June 22 and joining Brad on the panel are pop music’s Kesha and hip-hop artist and actor Ludacris. The show, hosted by singer/songwriter Josh Groban, is the first interactive music competition where viewers can vote in real time via smartphone app to determine if the contestant will continue in the competition. Performers can also monitor the voting to see how they’re doing. Yikes!

Brad, Josh, Kesha and Ludacris will make their debut appearance together during the 2014 Billboard Music Awards Sunday on ABC.


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